Greg Oden's decision as to where he would attempt his NBA comeback was announced late Friday night. An official announcement from his new team didn't occur until Wednesday afternoon, with the Miami Heat making it official after Oden completed his physical earlier today and signed his name on the dotted line.
"After many months of discussion, evaluations and speaking with Greg, we felt it was the perfect time for him to make his comeback and re-enter the NBA with the Miami HEAT," said HEAT President Pat Riley. "It's a great challenge for him. We know all about his past injuries, but we feel that there is a huge upside and the possibility of him helping us. We will continue his program and then we will tackle basketball issues after that."
Per club policy, terms of the contract were not released but it is widely known that Oden signed for the veteran's minimum with a player option for year two. No press conference was announced either.
"I am very excited and happy to be here," said Oden. "I'm thankful to the Miami HEAT organization for bringing me in and I'm ready to get to work."
The seven-footer last appeared in a game during the 2009-10 season, starting in all 21 games he played, averaging 11.1 points, 8.5 rebounds, 2.29 blocks and 23.9 minutes while shooting 60.5 percent from the field.
Oden will wear #20, his Ohio State number.
Congrats Greg - the journey continues. Welcome to the @MiamiHEAT family!— Micky Arison (@MickyArison) August 7, 2013